ELIZABETHTOWN -In an early season test, the young Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions varsity softball team showed that they could stand paw-to-paw with the Lady Panthers of Crown Point.
KyLee Cassavaugh scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning, forcing extra innings before the Panthers emerged with an 8-4 win May 9.
"There is no quit in these girls," Lions head coach Jim Monty said. "They were down a run late and then down six runs in the ninth inning, and they fought hard both times to get back in it."
The Lions held a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Alyssa Sullivan reached on a walk and scored on a wild pitch.
Crown Point responded with runs in the third and fourth innings to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Leading off the sixth, Cassavaugh connected on one of her two base hits in the game, stealing second and getting to third on a wild pitch. Lions pitcher Andrea Le Vien then grounded out to second base, scoring Cassavaugh to tie the game at 2-2.
The teams then exchanged zeros in the seventh and eighth innings.
In the top of the ninth, the Panthers were able to load the bases with no outs and then capitalize on six Lion errors to plate six runs.
However, the Lions responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring twice before Crown Point pitcher Lindsay Brace recorded the final out.
"There was a lot a pressure, and this is not a situation you can work on," Monty said.
"We had seven sophomores out there, and I couldn't be prouder of these girls. They now know that they can play with (Crown Point)."
Le Vien pitched the full nine innings, allowing six hits and only two earned runs while striking out eight.
Clare Harwood and Abigail Burdo scored the two runs for the Lions in the ninth.
PHS18, Lake Placid 2
The Lady Hornets scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to pull away from the Lady Blue Bombers May 2.
Kristin Fisher struck out nine batters in earning the win, while Megan Jubert had three hits with a double and a triple while Charisse Abellard also collected three hits.
Danielle Balestrini had two hits, including a triple, for the Blue Bombers, while Jenna McGreevy also got two hits.
Chazy 20, Keene 8
The Lady Eagles scored in each of the first six innings in beating the Beavers May 2.
Hannah LaTour had a pair of extra-base hits (double, triple) while Astrid Kempainen added a double with a single.
Brianna Rotella and Lindsey Hack also connected for two hits, while Emily Keable struck out five to earn the win.
Anna Kowanko connected for a pair of hits, while Alex Dumas hit a double and Amanda Boyle struck out eight in the loss.
ELCS 22, Westport 6
The Lady Lions scored 17 hits in the first three innings to roar past the Lady Eagles May 2.
Andrea Le Vien collected four hits with a double and drove in four runs while pitching the final two innings in the win.
Allexus Vaughn hit a triple for the Eagles.
Minerva\Newcomb 11, Westport 3
The Lady Mountaineers scores seven runs in the first two innings in pulling away from the Lady Eagles May 4.
Allison Sherman recorded two hits for the Eagles, while Allexus Vaughn hit a triple and Christina Sherman got her first varsity hit.
Peru 14, Saranac Lake 11
The Lady Indians scored all of their runs in the first five innings and then held on to beat the Lady Red Storm May 5.
Taylor Rock had two hits, including a triple and drove in three runs for the Indians, while Rachel Collier and Breanna Martineau each collected two hits, Brianna Padron drove in two runs and the duo of Kelly Kezar and Dani Dayton threw for the win.
Megan Moody had three hits for the Red Storm, with Gabby Lewis and Brooke Fitzgerald hitting two each.
NAC 11 Lake Placid 10
A seventh-inning rally came up short as the home-standing Lady Blue Bombers fell by one run to the Lady Bobcats.
The Bobcats were powered by a balance attack with two hits from Emily Garrand, Bethany Drown, Nicole Durnin, winning pitcher Brittany Charland, Elle Warick and Jesslin Golovach.
Mackenzie Kemmerer went 3-for-4 with a double for the Blue Bombers, with Haley Brandes and Alexis Nichols adding two hits each.
Westport 24 Johnsburg 7
Allison Sherman hit a double as part of a three-hit effort as the Lady Eagles scored eight runs in the first and sixth innings to get past the Lady Jaguars.
Brendee Russell and Ellexus Vaughn both hit doubles and scored three runs. Mallory Sudduth, who took the win on the mound, and Willa McKinley also had two hits apiece.
Crown Point 8, Westport 2
Alexandra Macey struck out 13 Lady Eagles and allowed only one hit as the Lady Panthers got past the Lady Eagles May 6.
Allison Sherman tallied the lone hit for Westport, a single.
Elizabethtown-Lewis 17 Schroon 4
Andrea LeVien had 11 strikeouts as the Lady Lions set up an undefeated match-up with Crown Point in beating the Lady Wildcats May 6.
Kearstin Ashline had a three run double, while Kylee Cassavaugh drove in three runs on two hits, including a double. Elizabeth Bessey added two RBI.
Willsboro 11 Chazy 2
Hannah Bruno tossed a one-hitter (Kristen Doran single in sixth) as the Lady Warriors scored a win against the Lady Eagles.
Emily Sayward had two hits in the win, in a game where neither team had more than a single.
Lake Placid 15-13, Moriah 4-1
The Lady Blue Bombers scored two convincing wins against the Lady Vikings May 6.
Mackenzie Kemmerer and Stephanie Murphy each pitched complete games in the wins for the Blue Bombers, while Dani Balestrini six hits and two doubles over the pair of games.